Policy Solutions: Microgrids
We must eliminate laws that prohibit local governments and third parties from aggregating demand and owning electricity systems that cross public rights of way. This will pave the way for establishing rules that allow privately owned microgrids and district energy systems that are designed to provide the highest quality service at the lowest cost.
Suggested reading on microgrids:
- An Electric Revolution - Microgrids: Where Technology and Consumers Connect
This chapter of An Electric Revolution explains how microgrid technology can benefit consumers and lead to a more efficient and effective electric power system.
- The Value of Smart Distribution and Microgrids
This report is a discussion of the cost and benefits of smart electricity service to communities and their citizens, demonstrating the potential cost savings to be realized by grid upgrades.
For further reading:
- Microgrid Hub
- "Congress, Think Small: We Don't Need a National Supergrid, We Need Microgrids" Article by John Kelly, Deputy Director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative
- "Microgrids: A Critical Component of U.S. Energy Policy" Presentation by John Kelly, Deputy Director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative